Advocates Hail End of Controversial Los Angeles County PACE Program

Homeowner and consumer advocates call on local entities statewide to follow the County’s lead and protect vulnerable homeowners from predatory financing scheme LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – May 19, 2020 – Bet Tzedek, Public Counsel, ACCE, Haven Neighborhood Services, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and UC Irvine School of Law are celebrating Los Angeles County’s… Read more »

Doug Smith Joins NLSLA Board

Doug Smith, a litigator with Mayer Brown, joined NLSLA’s Board of Directors this month, after decades of pro bono contributions that have earned him numerous prestigious awards. Smith has always had a deep commitment to public service, but it wasn’t until a string of clerkships – including one on the U.S. Court of Appeals for… Read more »

“How Can The Landlord Ask Me for This When There Is a Worldwide Pandemic?”

As an after-school care teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Mary* was never able to save money for a rainy day. So when the virus hit and her hours were cut significantly, she didn’t have much of a cushion to fall back on. She knew immediately that she would no longer be able… Read more »

As More People Fall Into Poverty, Legal Aid Is a Lifeline

In 1994, immediately after the Northridge Earthquake, NLSLA advocates reached out to residents to see what kind of legal advocacy they might need. By the time hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, NLSLA had created a nationally recognized model for disaster legal services, and its lawyers were flown to New Orleans to aid local legal services organizations… Read more »

Remembering Caron Smith

Caron Smith, a longtime NLSLA advocate and a fixture in the San Fernando Valley legal services community, passed away Monday after experiencing complications from a previous surgical procedure. She was 60 years old, and anyone who knew her well knew that she was far from finished with her work expanding access to justice. For Caron,… Read more »

Our COVID-19 Mission

Dear Friends: These last few days have brought into focus the magnitude of the threat we are facing. Our city, state, and federal governments have taken drastic steps to try and save human lives and prevent this virus from exacting an unbearable toll on our communities. All Californians have now been ordered to stay at… Read more »

NLSLA Welcomes Two New Board Members

At the end of 2019 NLSLA welcome two dynamic board members to the NLSLA family. We are grateful for their commitment and dedication. Nicolas Orihuela Partner Hurwitz, Orihuela & Hayes, LLP   Nicolas Orihuela was first introduced to NLSLA’s work 20 years ago, when he was hired for a summer internship after his first year… Read more »

NLSLA Advocates Work to Ensure Tenants Benefit from New Protections

On January 1, 2020, new protections for all California renters went into effect. AB 1482, known as the Tenant Protection Act, gives California renters, including everyone in Los Angeles County, additional protections from steep rent increases and evictions.   The new law sets limits on how much landlords of many rental units can raise rents… Read more »

NLSLA’s Self-Help Network Reaches More Litigants Than Ever Before

Access to the justice system through self-representation is a fundamental right in our democracy. Yet navigating court processes is often confusing and daunting for litigants who are living in poverty, have low-literacy levels or limited English proficiency, or have experienced the trauma of domestic violence or homelessness. Daily, approximately 565 of these individuals find help… Read more »

A Letter from the President and CEO

I’m delighted to share our first newsletter of 2020 with you, our friends and supporters. Our work would not be possible without your financial support and partnership, and I am grateful for your continued commitment to bringing justice to people living in low-income communities in Los Angeles County.   I want to take this opportunity… Read more »